I took zero, zip, zilch pictures on Monday April 23rd of the drive to Redmond, WA from Wallace, ID. I guess I was bitter that the usually 6 hour drive took 8. But once again, I was the whiner and Fox was the good example :)
On Tuesday April 24th we got ready for the day. I saw Tip Toe the cat only a couple of times my entire trip. She's old and crotchety at nearly 19 years old. Holy cow (or rather, cat!) that's old.
We ran some errands in the morning and went to Everything Party to use a Groupon. Malm was so nice and let me stock up on little toys for Fox to entertain him during the plane ride home. At the front of the store were two mini shopping cards by Melissa + Doug. Fox immediately grabbed one and had the time of his life pushing it around. It was interesting to see what struck his fancy and he'd put in his cart.
This is what he ended up with:
Princess plates, a flower cookie cutter, a green horn, blue cups, a nerds rope, and a few random tiny toys. What goes on in his little head and why did he pick these things? The world may never know. All I know is he's a funny boy.
Some day we'll have a room just for the kiddos to play in and get one of these cool tabletops:
Fox took a nap in the afternoon then when he woke up we took him down to my old elementary school. Never in a million years did I think one day I would take my very own child to where I once was a child. Weeeeeird!
We met my dad for dinner at Yummy Teriyaki. It is indeed yummy.
Just a few doors down from Yummy is a newly opened Yogurtland! My pregnancy treat of choice!
On Wednesday April 25th, Chris packed up and we took him to the airport. Not without stopping at Mikey's Brooklyn Bagels first!
I ALWAYS get an everything bagel, toasted, with cream cheese.
We ended up going there three times during my trip home... it's no wonder I literally gained 10 pounds this trip...
I said goodbye to my hubby and we took a pic to make the moment last :)
After dropping Chris off my mom needed to go to IKEA. Once we weaved our way to the kid's section I let Fox have at it. Of all the toys and gizmos he could have picked, he chose a pair of foxes!
Thursday April 26th we ran some errands including a stop at my sister's old job at Ben Franklin Crafts where I saw all these pretty beads:
And this cool canvas thingy by Basic Grey:
I love me some candy :)
We ended the afternoon by stopping at Anderson Park so I could take pictures of the neat installation art. Wrapped trees!
During my trip home Fox and I went on a lot of walks. The following are some pics from these outings.
Fox pushing his toy cart all around. He sure loves pushing things!
Holly berries - making me wish it was Christmas!
Fox is still completely fascinated with dandelions and they were everywhere! He had to pick every one he saw.
The sun came out nearly every day - which I'm so grateful for!
My dad and Fox had some fun playing on the seadoos and motorcycles. The expression on Fox's face in these three pictures is priceless.
On Friday April 27th the main event was visiting my dad at Google for lunch - always a highlight of going home!
I love this sign :)
We never pass up a photo booth op!
It was bring your kid to work day so there were a zillion whipper snappers runnin' around and eating lunch with their folks. Fox fit right in! Though technically I'M my dad's kid...
Back at home I plopped Fox in front of the piano. Our little Mozart.
Friday night, after Fox went to sleep and we left him in Grandpa's care (and he survived!) I went with my mom to a Relief Society activity. The house it was at is ginormous, to say the least.
I wish I could have walked through the entire house, but just from these pillows alone, I know it's awesomely decorated.
Whitney did a great job with the decorations and cakes!
We were all in our pajamas and played games and had fun.
Random: there's a comic on my parent's fridge that makes me laugh every time I see it:
Saturday April 28th was a day that can't be beat! My favorite Thai restaurant in the world is in Seattle - it's called Mae Phim. Instead of driving there and paying the new $5 toll each way on the 520 bridge and the hassel of finding a parking spot, we decided to take the bus. Here's Foxman waiting for the bus to arrive.
Fox getting on his very first bus ride!
His naps were all over the place so I wasn't surprised when he fell asleep in my arms.
The view when crossing the I-90 bridge.
I heart Seattle!
We got off at the Westlake Center Mall and went straight to Baby GAP cuz all sale items were an additional 40% off - can't beat that!
Then we went to Anthro and after that we were ready for lunch, but Fox doesn't like Thai food so we had to get a hot dog for him.
While waiting for Fox's lunch to cook, there were a bunch of women's rights and random things I didn't really understand going on in the main area. My favorite part was the bright blue painted trees!
Giant chess set.
With Fox's lunch in hand, we walked the few blocks to Mae Phim.
I ordered what I always order (why change a good thing?) - the Mae Phim Special with no bell peppers.
Best curry ever!
Pike Place Market is super close by, so for dessert we walked there.
Since it was Saturday it was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with tourists.
The line for the doughnuts we were seeking after was looong. But it was fast so all's well that ends well. They make the doughnuts right before your eyes so they're nice and hot and fresh.
I texted Chris a picture of this sign and told him he should buy this dental practice - it's right in the middle of the hustle and bustle!
Somehow after all that amazing food, I was still able to eat dinner at Fat Burger. 10 pounds I gained people. 10 pounds.
On Sunday April 29th we lounged in the morning, Fox took an early nap, and then we went to church. I took him to Nursery and they never came and got me so that's a good sign!
Monday April 30th was my last morning in WA. I packed up all my stuff and once again we stopped at the bagel store.
The flight home was great the first hour and a half and mediocre the last two hours, but all-in-all it was great for being by myself with a toddler!
I had such a fun time with all my family! I can't wait to see them again!